Apprentice spotlight: Kalen Bale of Prospects Events
This week is National Apprenticeship Week and to celebrate Prospects is shining the spotlight on apprentices it employs throughout the Group. This morning, Kalen Bale shares his story with us.
Kalen Bale of Prospects Events
Kalen joined the Prospects Events team in Taunton straight after taking A-levels in Accountancy, History Late Modern and Environmental Studies at the local college. Choosing to spend his last free summer in an office gaining valuable work knowledge before starting his Business & Administration level 2.
Kalen opted to follow the business & administration apprenticeship framework, which enables him to follow his career goals of working in finance and accounting. The role with the events team gives Kalen lots of varied experience and offers him qualifications as well as experience in the workplace.
When Kalen was considering what to do after college he found his tutors were knowledgeable about all the different routes, and offered him the advice he needed. Advice he would share with his friends considering the apprenticeship route: “I’d advise them to try and get as much out of the apprenticeship as possible, in terms of experience for potential future work, or just qualifications.”
In the last eight months Kalen has become a real part of the events team and has enjoyed working in a friendly productive environment. Commenting he has felt “included since I started the job, getting involved in work away days and social events.”
Prospects is committed to making sure Kalen does well completing his qualifications, allocating time to do work given by college and allowing him to attend college once a week. This support gives Kalen the backing he needs to ensure he “feels like I'm developing in my work role.”
Since Kalen joined his manager, Victoria Hawkins has noticed a huge difference to her workload. “Kalen has brought a new perspective to the way we work and introduced processes to help make our lives easier. He has become a popular addition to the office, and has held his own within a team of strong characters.
“From his first day Kalen’s natural confidence shone through and proved to be an asset when dealing with clients and staff from across the business.
“Last year he attended our huge Skills London 2014 event, undertaking front-of-house helpdesk duties during London’s Mayor, Boris Johnson’s visit, as well as answering queries from some of the 30,000 visitors.”
If you’re think about your options for the future and wonder if an apprenticeship could suit you, why not contact the National Careers Service which gives independent advice on finding a career to suit you, getting started in work or moving jobs.
As the UK’s leading provider of careers information, advice and guidance, Prospects holds the Prime Contract to deliver careers advice on behalf of the National Careers Service across London, the South West and West Midlands. As a partner in Careers Yorkshire and the Humber, Prospects provides the National Careers Services in this region.